Sanctuary of the great lakes

Adventures

paul gerow fall kayakingThe carefree days of your youth are alive and well in Alpena. Catching fireflies on warm summer evenings, searching for minnows with a net, reading a book under a shade tree, and watching the sunset while crickets provide background music are nostalgic experiences that we often wish we could relive. Alpena is that place where summer memories come alive as an everyday way of life, and stress floats away with the river current. Visit a downtown coffee shop to catch up on email, or disconnect to reconnect in the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes.

The Great Lakes are a gift from prehistoric glacier movement, and treasures have been left behind along the shores of Lake Huron and the many inland lakes and rivers. Hunt for fossils dating back 400 million years to the Devonian Period. Rocky edges along the shorelines, Rockport State Park Recreation Area, and the Lafarge Fossil Park at Besser Museum are perfect locations for an afternoon of prehistoric adventure. Follow it up with a trip to Dinosaur Gardens to see life-size prehistoric recreations.

Use our Adventure Checklist to find your explorer’s spirit: Sanctuary of the Great Lakes Adventure Checklist

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Cabin Creek Coffee

201 North Second Ave. Alpena Michigan 49707 2330 US-23 South (inside the Alpena Mall) Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 356-5613 Alt Phone: (989) 354-3445 Website: http://www.cabincreekcoffeealpena.com/
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Campers Cove Campground, RV Park & Canoe Livery

5005 Long Rapids Road Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 356-3708 Website: http://www.camperscovecampground.com
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Car Quest Auto Parts, Inc.

115 Lockwood St Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 354-2166
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Cattails Bar & Grille

Downtown Ossineke Ossineke Michigan 49766 Alt Phone: (989) 471-5517 Website: http://cattailsbarandgrille.com/
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Chee-Peng Chinese & Thai Restaurant

1237 U.S. 23 North Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 354-7715
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Chippewa Hills Pathway Trail

Other Kissau Rd. Hubbard Lake Michigan Alt Phone: 989-340-2288
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Chum Bucket Charters

Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 657-4646 Website: http://ChumBucketCharters.net
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Churchill Pointe Inn

5700 Bennett Rd Hubbard Lake Michigan 49747 Phone: (800) 727-2078 Alt Phone: (989) 727-2020 Website: http://www.churchillpointeinn.com
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City of Alpena

208 North First Ave. Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 354-1700 Website: http://www.alpena.mi.us
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Clubhouse Bar & Grill and The Loft

27800 M-32 West (inside Thunder Bay Resort) Hillman Michigan 49746 Phone: (800) 729-9346 Alt Phone: (989) 742-4502
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Clutter’s Cottages

17000 Brother’s Bay Lane Alpena Michigan 49707 Phone: (304) 546-4251 Website: http://paulyclut.wix.com/clutterscottages
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Cobblestone Cyclery and Vacuum

225 West Chisolm St. Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 356-1238
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CobbyGoose

2380 US-23 South, inside of the Alpena Mall Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 354-4222 Website: http://www.cobbygoose.com
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Connie’s Cafe

Home 11585 US-23 South Ossineke Michigan 49766 Alt Phone: 989-471-5415 Website: http://www.conniescafeossineke.com
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County of Alpena

720 West Chisholm Street Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 354-9500 Website: http://www.alpenacounty.org
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Court Yard Restaurant and Olde Rooste Lounge

2024 U.S. 23 South Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 356-9511 Website: http://www.courtyardristorante.com/
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Cracker Barrel Party Store

630 West Chisholm Street Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 356-4721 Website: www.crackerbarrelpartyandmarket.com
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Culver’s Restaurant

1061 M-32 West Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 358-6678
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CW’s

1000 U.S. 23 North (inside the Sanctuary Inn) Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 356-2151
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420 N. 2nd Ave. • Alpena, MI 49707
(989) 340-2288
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